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Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Rohini R, MD

Rohini R, MD (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Dr. Rohini R is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, with a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine and Lasers. Besides clinical practice and working with Ubie, she is actively training and mentoring medical students and residents. She has functioned in various work settings - teaching hospitals, private and free health centers, and worked with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds due to her experience in free hospitals and volunteering in India and Singapore.

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  • Hands and feet feel hot

  • Heat from hands and feet

  • Limbs feel hot

  • Ear discomfort

  • Ear pain worsens when I pull my earlobe

  • Earache

  • I feel uncomfortable in my ear

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What is ear infection?

Infection of the middle ear (area just behind the eardrum) by bacteria or viruses. Contributing factors include nasal obstruction by adenoids and allergic rhinitis. The symptoms can include ear pain or fullness, fevers, and muffled hearing. This is more common in children but can also present in adults. In severe cases, the eardrum may rupture leading to drainage coming out the ear canal.

Symptoms of ear infection

  • Hands and feet feel hot

  • Family history of congenital hearing loss

  • Discharge of yellow or green sputum.

  • Ear pain

  • Common cold or stomach flu symptoms before the fever appeared

  • Fever

  • Hearing difficulty

  • Ear pain worsens when pulling on the ear

Questions your doctor may ask to check for ear infection

  • Are your hands or feet hot?

  • Do any of your family members have congenital hearing loss?

  • Do you have yellow or green sputum?

  • Are your ears hurting?

  • Did you have any cold or stomach flu before your fever started?

Treatment for ear infection

As the majority of otitis media is caused by viruses/colds, this condition is often self-limited and can be treated with over-the-counter analgesics. Importantly, antibiotics are not effective against viruses and the fluid that comes before or after the infection will not be affected by antibiotics. Nasal steroids or antihistamines may be helpful to treat the underlying eustachian tube dysfunction. If the infection is recurrent or lasts for a long time a tiny tube may be inserted into the eardrum to help fluid drain and allow for the treatment with ear drops instead of oral antibiotics.

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References

  • Harmes KM, Blackwood RA, Burrows HL, Cooke JM, Harrison RV, Passamani PP. Otitis media: diagnosis and treatment. Am Fam Physician. 2013 Oct 1;88(7):435-40. Erratum in: Am Fam Physician. 2014 Mar 1;89(5):318. Dosage error in article text. PMID: 24134083.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2013/1001/p435.html

  • Shirai N, Preciado D. Otitis media: what is new? Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2019 Dec;27(6):495-498. doi: 10.1097/MOO.0000000000000591. PMID: 31592792.

    https://journals.lww.com/co-otolaryngology/Abstract/2019/12000/Otitis_media__what_is_new_.12.aspx

  • Venekamp RP, Damoiseaux RA, Schilder AG. Acute Otitis Media in Children. Am Fam Physician. 2017 Jan 15;95(2):109-110. PMID: 28084706.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2017/0115/p109.html

  • Wallis S, Atkinson H, Coatesworth AP. Chronic otitis media. Postgrad Med. 2015 May;127(4):391-5. doi: 10.1080/00325481.2015.1027133. PMID: 25913599.

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00325481.2015.1027133

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Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC

Eric A. Gantwerker, MD, MMSC (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Pediatric Otolaryngologist at Northwell Health and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. He holds a Master of Medical Science (MMSc) in Medical Education with a special focus on educational technology, educational research, and game-based learning from Harvard Medical School and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has a special interest in faculty development and has been a speaker or faculty at hundreds of local, national, and international courses and conferences. He is also an active blogger and podcaster for several organizations, including the Harvard Macy Institute (HMI), Harvard Medical School CME Online, and BackTable Innovations. He has been featured in the news and print for media outlets such as USA Today, Businesswire, The Washington Post, Nature Medicine, Fox News, and KevinMD. He was also the Vice President, Medical Director of a medical video game company, Level Ex from 2018 to 2023 that utilized game technology and psychology to create interactive experiences for healthcare professionals. | He is recognized as an expert on the implementation of educational technologies and gaming with a foundation in educational theory for health professions education. He was honored to be inducted as an Associate Member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Academy of Master Surgeon Educators and as an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE).

Rohini R, MD

Rohini R, MD (Ear, nose, throat (ENT))

Dr. Rohini R is an ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon, with a Fellowship in Advanced Endoscopic Sinus and Skull Base Surgery and a Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine and Lasers. Besides clinical practice and working with Ubie, she is actively training and mentoring medical students and residents. She has functioned in various work settings - teaching hospitals, private and free health centers, and worked with patients from all socioeconomic backgrounds due to her experience in free hospitals and volunteering in India and Singapore.

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